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Distributed Machine Learning with Spark

In this talk we describe our efforts, as part of the MLbase project, to develop a distributed Machine Learning platform on top of Spark. In particular, we present the details of two core components of MLbase, namely MLlib and MLI, which are scheduled for open-source release this summer. MLlib provides a standard Spark library of scalable algorithms for common learning settings such as classification, regression, collaborative filtering and clustering. MLI is a machine learning API that facilitates the development of new ML algorithms and feature extraction methods. As part of our release, we include a library written against the MLI containing standard and experimental ML algorithms, optimization primitives and feature extraction methods.

 

The talk will be delivered by Ameet Talwalkar and Evan Sparks.

 

To come to this event, you MUST RSVP and BRING A PHOTO ID. And "doors close" at 7:15pm.

 

Directions/Parking Guide From Twitter

We're located at 1355 Market St. (between 9th Street and 10th Street) on the 9th floor in the old SF Furniture Mart.

If you're taking BART or Muni, exit at Civic Center and walk up Market St (5-10 min walk). There is no bike storage at our office. If you are bringing a bike you must lock on the street at your own risk. There are several bus lines (the 6, 71, 21, etc.) that stop right outside of our building. If you're taking Caltrain, get off at the 4th and King station and you can take the Muni 83X bus which goes directly to our office (83X bus runs about every 20-25 mins). Coming by car? There is plenty of street parking nearby. There are also a few parking garages near the office. The Civic Center parking garage entrance is on McAllister St, between Polk St. and Larkin St. The lot is open until 12:00 AM. The Fox Plaza parking garage entrance is on Hayes St, north of Market Street on your left. The lot is open until 8:00 PM. 

 

Speaker Bios


Ameet Talwalkar is an NSF post-doctoral fellow in the Computer Science Division at UC Berkeley. His work focuses on devising scalable machine learning algorithms, and more recently, on interdisciplinary approaches for connecting advances in machine learning to large-scale problems in science and technology. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the Courant Institute at New York University.

 

Evan Sparks is a PhD student in the Computer Science Division at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the design and implementation of distributed systems for large scale data analysis. Prior to Berkeley he spent several years in industry tackling large scale data problems as a Quantitative Financial Analyst at MDT Advisers and as a Product Engineer at Recorded Future. He holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.

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  • Stoney V.

    2 · August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just counted the # of people who checked in for the event, and there were 140 people present. Packed house!

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Reynold X.

      Cool! And that doesn't even include the twitter crowd :)

      August 10, 2013

  • Sam B.

    Was it recorded?

    August 7, 2013

    • Stoney V.

      Yes, I will upload the video and provide a link here

      August 8, 2013

  • Matei Z.

    Hi folks, FYI, the slides are now available online: http://files.meetup.com/3138542/sparkmeetup_8_6_13_final_reduced.pdf

    2 · August 7, 2013

    • Sam B.

      Thanks.

      August 7, 2013

    • Rahel J.

      thanks, looking forward to recording. any chance of an east coast visit ... ?

      August 7, 2013

  • Lukasz J.

    Platform looks great, looking forward to first release, great fit for our needs

    August 7, 2013

  • Henry S.

    Does Twitter or organizer have statistics of actual shows for the last few meetups? Want to know how big of space we need to host future meet ups. Thanks!

    August 7, 2013

  • Kalpit S.

    Great talk...Project is definitely headed in the right direction....

    August 7, 2013

  • David B.

    Nice overview of the system -- really want to start playing with it and seeing what we can contribute

    August 7, 2013

  • Ravi P

    Anybody driving from Cupertino/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara?
    Please respond if you want to carpool.

    August 6, 2013

    • Joel S H.

      Ok, I'm outside

      August 6, 2013

    • Noel Y.

      @joel, do you need a ride back?

      August 6, 2013

  • George Y.

    Can we bring a guest even if we did not originally RSVP with +1's? Or is it too late?

    August 6, 2013

    • charles e.

      I made the mistake of +1'ing and went back into the wait q

      August 6, 2013

    • George Y.

      as did i.

      August 6, 2013

  • Var

    Any plans for online streaming or recording?

    August 3, 2013

    • Var

      Thank you.

      August 6, 2013

    • Rahel J.

      Yay!

      August 6, 2013

  • doug c.

    Sorry work deadline. Going to ampcamp instead eom.

    August 6, 2013

  • charles e.

    Are there any plans to move to a larger venue for next meetup? Looks like its been running over for the last couple...

    August 6, 2013

    • Reynold X.

      We do - but larger venues/sponsors are hard to find :( If you have any recommendations, please let us know. Thanks!

      August 6, 2013

  • Tao L.

    I'm taking Cos' spot as he won't be able to make it.

    August 6, 2013

  • Gerald W.

    There is a conspiracy to stop me coming :(

    August 6, 2013

  • charles e.

    Is it ever wise to show up if you're on the wait list?

    August 6, 2013

  • Balázs N.

    I'm on the waitlist, 1 spot left, but the RSVP is closed. Can I go or not?

    August 5, 2013

  • David W.

    I'm going out of town so I'll free up my reservation for others interested.

    August 5, 2013

  • Burt P.

    Hi Reynold! Ok, I'll free up my reservation so someone else can attend. I registered for Amp Camp 3 so I hope to learn more there!
    Thanks, Burt Prior

    August 5, 2013

  • mike b.

    out of town

    August 3, 2013

  • Leela Krishna K

    Waiting

    July 28, 2013

  • Ming

    Add a comment

    July 16, 2013

  • Burt P.

    Sounds awesome! Looking forward to it!

    July 15, 2013

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